Saturday, May 8, 2010


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just a quick note before I sleep. It's been a pretty exhausting day. But I want to share a couple of things. First of all, how do I express gratitude to a group of people, many of whom I barely know, who devoted their day to helping us out? Adrienne called on friends and family to come to our house today to clean, to paint, to repair, and to fix up our yard. She said that probably 15 people spent the day working on our house and yard today.

The other thing I want to share is personal. Last Saturday I had occupational therapy group. We did a series of exercises to improve arm strength. I was the only one in the group that couldn't use the weights for the exercises. The exercises were too hard. I couldn't even do 10 of some. In today's occupational therapy group, I did the same exercises with two and 3 pound weights and my hands! In PT I sat upright for half an hour and played catch. This time, I don't know how to express my relief at seeing my improvement.

So what can I take away from today? The first is reinforcement that God is speaking to us through other people. His love surrounds Adrienne and me and He is caring for us.

Secondly, He is touching me, making my body stronger. He is helping me with my fears and saving me from much of the physical pain that many people with Guillain Barre experience.

What a day!


  1. Michael-I am thinking about you and praying for you every day and I so look forward to your blog telling me how you are doing-especially when there is marked improvement like today. I wish I could be there with you if for nothing else than to give both of you a hug. I will email you with a math problem I am working on in case you want to keep your brain from atrophying while you are trying to strengthen everything else. Love you-Lisa

  2. Thank you. I would love to get a hug from you!

    Still working on the problem-it might take a while

  3. Hi Mike:
    This is such great news! I also look forward to reading your blog to hear how you are doing. I pray that you will keep getting stronger!